Books
  • It All Changed in an Instant: More Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure

    This is my second time being published in one of Smith Magazine’s six-word memoir books, and my entry is a doozy. Let’s just say I was experiencing a moment of excessive authenticity and political activism when I submitted it. Sometimes someone has to stand up and speak for a group, and once in a while that person has to be you. I mean me.

    Harper Perennial : January, 2010

  • Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak: by Writers Famous & Obscure

    The good news: I finally published my memoir. The bad news: it’s only six words long. I have to confess that my contribution to this book: “He’s less tall but more sane,” is the product of the kind of fight only a writer and her spouse can have. It goes like this. I was asked if I wanted to contribute to this book of six-word memoirs about the ups and downs of love. Tom and I were fighting. I sent three mean six-word memoirs. Tom was rightly offended. We made up when I pulled the mean memoirs and submitted three nice ones. They chose the one above. Today it is somewhat true. Tomorrow, who knows?

    Harper Perennial : January, 2009

  • The Maternal is Political: Women Writers at the Intersection of Motherhood & Social Change

    My contribution to this anthology is “How to Make a Democrat from Scratch,” and it’s about my misadventures in brainwashing my oldest daughter Olivia to be a Democrat. I am amazed and humbled by the company I am privileged to keep in this book: Nancy Pelosi, Benazir Bhutto, Marion Winik, Barbara Kingsolver, Anne Lamott, Cindy Sheehan, and Anna Quindlen to name just a few.

    Seal Press: May, 2008

  • Office Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding - and Managing - Romance on the Job

    The book The New York Times called "a kind of 'The Rules' for the office." Written by me and Helaine Olen, a dear friend whose husband was one of Tom's groomsmen at our wedding. She too is a reformed business journalist and, like me, has been married for 16 years to a man she met at the office. Office Mate makes the argument that office relationships are a good thing. We say that the workplace is the village of the 21st century and romances that begin there follow old-fashioned courtship rituals. We also say that office romance is protective of women, since everyone at a company has been vetted by Human Resources in stark contrast to the Internet, where men on the prowl are incentivized to lie.

    Check out the Office Mate web site for more information about the book and full llist of press clips.

    Adams Media: November 2007.

  • A Cup of Comfort for Writers: Inspirational Stories That Celebrate the Literary Life

    This is an anthology of essays by writers on writing; my contribution is "We Are Mortified By You," a second-person story about my disastrous first personal essay, which was published in the Mountain Gazette. I managed to get the name of the town I was writing about wrong, inviting a deluge of the most colorful hate mail I have ever had the misfortune to attract.

    Adams Media: September, 2007

  • Time to Write: Professional Writers Reveal How to Fit Writing Into Your Life

    By Kelly Stone

    I am quoted twice in this book about how to get your writing done. On page 9 in a section titled "The Need to Write Begins Early," it says: "It's one thing to say, 'I want to write,' it's another to say, 'I have to write,'" says Stephanie Losee, a freelance writer and co-author of Office Mate: The Employee Handbook for Finding and Managing Romance on the Job. That statement sums up the concept of the Burning Desire to Write.

    There's more. On page 87 in a section called "Reward Yourself for Writing," it says: Deciding that you're going to do what you have to do to become a writer is a critical element for balancing writing and sacrifice, says freelancer Stephanie Losee. "First, you have to decide that you have something to say and that you have to say it," she says. "The second part is you have to say that what one man can do, another can do. Somewhere out there is somebody who is doing twice as much as you are and who has three books to their credit. The third is just decide that you will not be denied, that you want to be a writer. Finally, in the end, decide that you're willing to do things that other people are not willing to do.

    Adams Media: January, 2008

  • Diary of a Real Estate Rookie: My Year of Flipping, Selling, and Rebuilding—and What I Learned (The Hard Way)

    By Alison Rogers (aka not me; see below for explanation)

    In a wild twist that surprised the hell out of me, my friend Ali Rogers put no fewer than half a dozen references to me in her book-first name, last name, details, the works. Which means that if I can't manage to raise my profile by writing books of my own then perhaps my literate and successful friends will do it for me. Ali's book received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly, which called her prose "sparkling." Which means that not only did Ali write about me, but she did it in sparkling prose! Whether you're especially interested in real estate or not, give her book a look—it's a wonderful memoir of a wild ride.

    Kaplan Publishing: 2007

  • Horse Crazy: Women and the Horses They Love

    This is an anthology of essays about horses; my contribution is "It's Only a Paper Horse," about Olivia's inexplicable urge to draw horses on a daily basis even though she was born in Manhattan and raised in San Francisco with no horses anywhere in sight.

    Adams Media: December 2005

    There was a book signing for Horse Crazy and other Hamlin authors' books at Hamlin School's Winterfest Bookfair event on February 11th, 2006.

    There was a reading at Point Reyes Books in Point Reyes Station at 7pm on June 2, 2006 during Western Weekend. The reading was co-sponsored by Cabaline Country Emporium & Saddlery and included five "Horse Crazy" contributors. I blogged about it on Saturday, June 4th, 2006.

    More readings were held at Borders Books stores in Corvallis, Oregon on March 17th, in Eugene on March 18th, and in Vancouver, WA on March 19, 2007.

  • You've Only Got Three Seconds: How to Make the Right Impression in Your Business and Social Life

    Written by Camille Lavington with me, which in book parlance means I did the actual writing, although Camille did do some rearranging and wrote some additions here and there after the manuscript was completed and for which I cannot vouch.

    Doubleday: hardcover 1997, paperback 1998; also published in Danish and Korean, not that I can explain precisely why.

    This book is in print and continues to sell years after publication; it is now considered a classic in the Careers genre. It was a selection of both the Money Book Club and the Forbes Book Club and is still mentioned in articles here and there, like this recent Wall Street Journal article. We think it is a good candidate for a revision and reissue; more news about that if our talks with the publisher are successful.

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  • Fame and Fortune: Currently working on, and shocked to find I’m making headway with, the latter. Partly because of a bit of movement on the former. Perhaps endurance is the key to everything after all.